46 days in New Zealand Itinerary

46 days in New Zealand Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New Zealand trip planner

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Auckland
— 23 nights
Fly
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Kerikeri
— 2 nights
Drive
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Russell
— 3 nights
Drive
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Waiheke Island
— 2 nights
Ferry to Customs St East opp Fort Lane, Bus to Hamilton
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Hamilton
— 1 night
Fly
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Christchurch
— 3 nights
Fly
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Dunedin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Queenstown
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lake Tekapo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Franz Josef
— 4 nights

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Auckland

— 23 nights

City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Get out of town with these interesting Auckland side-trips: Matakana (Matakana War Memorial, Matakana Village, &more), Warkworth (Of Hand & Heart, Parry Kauri Park, &more) and Long Bay Regional Park (in Long Bay). On the 3rd (Tue), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to SkyTower, brush up on your military savvy at Auckland Museum, go for a stroll along the water at Viaduct Harbour, and enjoy a live performance at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Auckland attractions planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Auckland International Airport and Hamilton International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Auckland

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Kerikeri

— 2 nights
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then contemplate the long history of KeriKeri New Zealand. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, then hike along Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Paul's Anglican Church, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Paihia Harbour.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kerikeri online trip builder.

Fly from Auckland to Kerikeri in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Russell.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Russell

— 3 nights
Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Russell is known for historic sites, wildlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, examine the collection at Russell Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Just Imagine Gallery.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Russell online journey planner.

Drive from Kerikeri to Russell in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Waiheke Island.

Things to do in Russell

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
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Waiheke Island

— 2 nights

Island of Wine

Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland.
On the 19th (Thu), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, do a tasting at Stonyridge Vineyard, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Wild on Waiheke. Keep things going the next day: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area and then learn about winemaking at Mudbrick Vineyard.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Waiheke Island day trip app.

You can drive from Russell to Waiheke Island in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Waiheke Island can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Hamilton.

Things to do in Waiheke Island

Wineries · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Fun & Games
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Hamilton

— 1 night

Tron

On the banks of the Waikato River lies Hamilton, a pretty, active city on North Island.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Waikato Museum, make a trip to Hobbiton Movie Set, and then stroll around Hamilton Lake Domain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Hamilton Zoo and then take in nature's colorful creations at Hamilton Gardens.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hamilton trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Waiheke Island to Hamilton takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, train, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Christchurch.

Things to do in Hamilton

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

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Christchurch

— 3 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): catch a ride on TranzAlpine Train. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, stroll around Christchurch Botanic Gardens, then get engrossed in the history at Canterbury Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Cardboard Cathedral.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch vacation planner.

Getting from Hamilton to Christchurch by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. August in Christchurch sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Dunedin.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Museums · Parks
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Dunedin

— 2 nights

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Larnach Castle & Gardens, appreciate the history behind Robert Scott Memorial, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Royal Albatross Centre, then take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff lookout and Hotere Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to The World's Steepest Street. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Otago Museum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Speight’s Brewery.

Make your Dunedin itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Fly from Christchurch to Dunedin in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Dunedin

Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife · Parks
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Queenstown

— 2 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Queenstown Arts Centre, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Skyline Queenstown. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Coronet Peak, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then walk around Village Green.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Queenstown attractions planner.

Getting from Dunedin to Queenstown by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lake Tekapo.

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
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Lake Tekapo

— 3 nights
Located in a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, Lake Tekapo offers evenings of stargazing and days of long walks.
Get out of town with these interesting Lake Tekapo side-trips: Mt. Cook Village (Ski The Tasman, Aoraki/Mt. Cook, &more), Glencoe Walk (in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)) and High Country Salmon (in Twizel). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Pukaki, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Good Shepherd, enjoy breathtaking views from Mount John University Observatory, and boost your wellbeing at Tekapo Springs.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lake Tekapo route planner.

You can drive from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Franz Josef.

Things to do in Lake Tekapo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Franz Josef

— 4 nights
Located in the World Heritage Site that is home to its eponymous glacier, the town of Franz Josef provides a comfortable and welcoming rest spot for adventurers after a long day out on the ice.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Franz Josef: Fox Glacier (Gillespies Beach & Minnehaha Walk) and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) (Hooker Valley Track & Kea Point Track). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Franz Josef Glacier, trek along Moraine Walk, stroll through Roberts Point Track, and take in the exciting artwork at ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Franz Josef online day trip planner.

Getting from Lake Tekapo to Franz Josef by car takes about 6 hours.

Things to do in Franz Josef

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

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New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

Bay of Islands travel guide

4.4
Historic Sites · Swim with Dolphins · Scuba & Snorkeling
World-renowned place for big-game fishing, the subtropical microregion of Bay of Islands has enjoyed fame ever since the adventure novelist Zane Grey released "Tales of the Angler's El Dorado, New Zealand" in the 1930s. Your own Bay of Islands trip can be as adventurous as you like, with great opportunities for spotting whales, dolphins, marlins, and penguins, as well as popular dive spots. Don't forget to turn your gaze upward from the abundant sea: the sky here is the second-bluest in the word, according to a scientific study conducted early in the 21st century. The bay's many islands have great hiking trails, and long sandy beaches stretch along the coves and inlets on the mainland.